Thursday, July 25, 7:30 PM —1 PERFORMANCE ONLY
Carmel Bach Festival Chorale conducted by Andrew Megill

 

Richard Rodney Bennett, The seasons of his mercies from “Sermons and Devotions”

Aaron Copland, In the Beginning (featuring Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano)

 

Sun, moon, and stars          

Samuel Barber, Sure, on this shining night

Benjamin Britten, The evening primrose

Johannes Brahms, O schöne Nacht

R Murray Schafer, Sun

Gyorgy Ligeti, Esjakka and Reggel

 

Spring    

Thomas Morley, April is in my mistress’ face

Claudio Monteverdi, Io mi son giovinetta

George Gershwin, Sing of Spring

 

Summer 

Frederick Delius, To be sung of a summer night on the water I

Anonymous, Sumer is i-cumen in sing-along

Benjamin Britten, The succession of the four sweet months from Five Flower Songs

 

Autumn  

Johannes Brahms, Spaetherbst

Jeremiah Ingalls, Harvest Hymn

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Linden Lea

Veljo Tormis, Heather from Autumn Landscapes

 

Winter    

Orlande de Lassus, La nuict froide et sombre

Morten Lauridsen, How hard the year dies from Mid-winter Songs

Claude Debussy, Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain

Joni Mitchell, River

 

A New Creation    

arr. Shawn Kirchner, Unclouded Day

Edgar Leslie Bainton, And I saw a new heaven

Shawn Kirchner, I’ll be on my way

The magnificent Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, one of the finest professional chorales in the nation, takes the Sunset Center stage for an evening of music inspired by the seasons. “The program is related to Saturday night’s Creation concert,” said Andrew Megill. The music is about the creation story in Genesis, especially the markers of time (sun, moon, and stars, and the seasons of the year).  It is a varied program from Medieval secular song (as an audience sing-along!) to Brahms to an avant-garde piece about the sun, with Copland’s choral masterpiece (“In the beginning”) as a centerpiece.”

 

Mezzo-soprano soloist Meg Bragle joins the Chorale for the Copland.